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2020 has hit us with a ton of bricks! It has been such a wild and crazy year. If I have to hear the words “pivot”, “unprecedented”, or “covid – (baby, bride, made me do it, etc)” after this year is done, I may scream. LOL

What I am happy about it that it seems many couples are deciding to opt for a smaller more intimate wedding to ensure that they are able to still get married this year. Love is overcoming the battles this virus has been putting on us all. I am taking all the precautions to ensure you are your bridal party are protected as well as myself.

Sanitation was always at the forefront of my business and now I have leveled up to ensure everything is safe. You can still have your beauty enhanced on your special day and feel confident that you are not being exposed to any illness.

I know it is difficult to imagine how to change your plans to go from a large celebration to a small one, but it does not make it any less wonderful or special. Your love deserves to be celebrated by your closest family/friends. I love being a small part of your day and listening to you tell me all about how you met your spouse, how the proposal went, and where you are planning to honeymoon. I love learning how you fell in love and what may drive you crazy about him/her.

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Gluten Free Makeup

I was diagnosed with celiac disease 12 years ago. At that time finding gluten free food, makeup, personal care products, or being able to go out to eat was stressful and the options were minimal. Researching every single item that I was either going to consume or allow to touch my skin was exhausting. There were days I would just cry because I could not find the product I needed that was safe for me to use.

Now it is MUCH easier to find gluten free products. Most items are labeled, but even still some are unsafe. The cross-contamination and the PPM (parts per million) of gluten that are allowed in products and still deemed “safe” makes my head spin. Luckily, if you are celiac or have a wheat/gluten sensitivity I have some good news…. I have found fabulous gluten free makeup! I am going to share my favorites!

Let’s start with an eye shadow palette, you cannot go wrong with the Boss Babe Palette! The name is amazing, the colors are fabulous (and each has its own fierce name as well). The pigmentation is extraordinary. I love that there are 10 shadows and that you get 5 matte and 5 shimmer. This allows you to create gorgeous day and evening looks with just one palette.

Lipstick is one of the most important products to ensure is gluten free. The risk of ingesting some of your lipstick or lipgloss is super high especially if you are wearing some while eating or drinking. I love this lip kit. It comes with a lip crayon and a creamy matte lipstick that will not leave your lips feeling dry. There are four options, my favorite is “Like Really Pretty” (as seen here) and “Berry Shady” – this one is a deep purple color that is gorgeous for summer, fall and spring!

Custom Foundation is amazing! I create a one-of-a kind foundation just for you. Each woman has her own recipe that I keep on file to easily remake when you run out. Appointments can be done in person or over zoom! I love this product so much because the quality is higher than any foundation that you can by in the store and you get your exact match! I also can put in skin care products into your foundation to make your skin healthier as you wear it.

These are just a few of my favorites! If you are gluten free or just trying to avoid gluten and need some assistance on finding a product not listed here, just shoot me a message!

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Do you need a Wedding Planner?

As a makeup artist, I have the honor of enhancing the bride’s beauty on her wedding day and usually her bridesmaids and the occasional mother of the bride and/or mother of the groom. I am there early in the morning to have the bride and her wedding party ready for her ceremony or for the first look. I have seen the bride calm, cool, and collected as her wedding planner handles the last minute details and I have seen the bride in a panic because her wedding party isn’t setting things up right!

There is a sense of calm when you know someone is checking and DOUBLE checking everything while you enjoy your morning, getting pampered and ready to walk down the aisle. The last thing you want to have to do is be telling others what needs to go where and when!

Let me tell you, if I was getting married again…. or when we renew our vows, I am hiring a wedding planner. It will be Pearl, of Designed by Delsie, because I love her attention to detail, professionalism, and her personality. We just click! I have had the pleasure of working along side her as I enhanced a bride’s makeup for the wedding she had planned. I also attended a women’s only soiree that she had organized and it was impressive.

I feel all too often couple over look needing a planner when they are planning their wedding and I asked Pearl if she would allow me to interview her. I want you all to have the best experience on your wedding day and I do believe hiring a planner is the way to do it! Check out the interview and let us know what you think!

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Are there advantages to a winter wedding?

Winter weddings are beautiful, sweat free, and stunning! The deep colors of flower arrangements, your makeup, and even his suit/tux will have you and your guests swooning. You will not need to worry about sweating off your makeup, about guests being hot, about your groom sweating his you know whats off, or about the heat bothering anyone.

There are gorgeous indoor locations that you can have your wedding. This is at the Providence Library and I am loving the old architecture and the timelessness of it all.



The greens of the cake and his tux are beautiful. Her makeup brings out her eyes and the beauty of her smile.
I love staying on hand to ensure you look flawless for all your big moments of the day!

Cheers!

Other benefits to having a winter wedding:

  • Most dates will be available
  • Discounts because its off season for many venues
  • No worries about sunburns, tan lines, or peeling from post sun burns
  • No sweating
  • Honeymoon location will be less busy than if you traveled in summer
  • More guests are available to come
  • Makeup trial can be done in the fall
  • Winter colors are beautiful
  • You get to choose a beautiful shall or coat to accompany your dress
  • Your anniversary will be at a time of year when you will want to get out and celebrate, plus you wont have to worry about it being on a weekend that others want to have an event!
  • The chance to have beautiful wedding photos in the snow
  • Hot cocoa!

There is no wrong season to get married in. You should do what makes the two of you smile and happy. I just love the winter and the beauty and peacefulness that comes with it.

The amazing vendors who created this gorgeous winter wedding:

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Beauty and Confidence Tribe

Love your body as it is fully and completely. Boudoirs by Mallory and I have put our vision and mission to help all women feel beautiful and confident into action. Beauty has so many facets and we think the most beautiful thing is confidence and loving yourself. These gorgeous women support us in our mission to help every woman feel confident and beautiful in her own skin. 💜 ⠀

No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart. Her heart is so big. She cares so deeply about others and helping people find joy.

Her smile is everything!

Cancer sucks, but her attitude does not! Scars are left to prove how strong she is. She is showing others how to live life to the fullest and not letting anything stop her.

This momma is beautiful and confident!
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Beauty is grace and confidence

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. – Audrey Hepburn

Her eyes are stunning, as are her tattoos!

Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself.
Beauty is ageless

Being confident is beautiful. Every woman has so many talents and beauty to share with the world and there should be nothing to stop her.

Ladies, we are our own worst critiques and it needs to stop! You are beautiful😍 Every size, every color, every race, every age, each and every one of you reading this are BEAUTIFUL! ⠀

Embrace the body you have! Love your curves, your smile, your muscles, your height, your bust size, your hips, your butt; love each part of you! Girl, your smile and strength can change the world💪 ⠀

Partners!

Boudoirs by Mallory and I are so proud to have started this Beauty and Confidence Tribe.

Each woman who does a boudoir session with us is going to become a part of our strong tribe of amazing women. We will encourage and empower each other. We all have an excuse to not have our photos taken and we are here to tell you to stop listening to the excuse. You are gorgeous exactly as you are in this moment in your life. So come let me enhance your beauty. You will feel beautiful and confident as you step in front of Mallory’s camera for your photoshoot. http://Www.boudoirsbymallory.com

Vacation Must-Haves

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I love checking out new places, going on adventures, and exploring the world. Sometimes we travel with the children and other times we are fortunate to travel on our own. Traveling is a little limited now, but we are still finding ways to be able to get out and about.

Whenever we get away, there are a few must-have products that always find their way into my travel bag! When I am able to bring extra products because I have more room or we are going for a longer amount of time, I add to this list. Here is what ALWAYS comes with me and the reason why!

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Fixx Microdermabrasion: You are going to need to cleanse your face while you are away and the basic soap/cleanser the hotel is providing is NOT going to cut it! This exfoliating cleanser will help scrub away all the dirt from your adventures plus if going for an extended time you are able to keep your skin soft, smooth, and those pores small!

Micellar Cleanser: Yes, another cleanser! Skincare is the most important and best way to ensure you look flawless wherever you go. The reason this cleanser is needed to is because it will wipe away all your makeup from the day. You can also use this in the AM and PM to cleanse your face without drying it out because it is waterless. This gentle cleanser gets into pores and fine lines to ensure all the sweat, dirt, makeup, sunscreen, etc gets out!

Ph Normalizer (toner): This is super important to keep the Ph balanced on your face. Once you cleanse your face with either or both cleansers you need to normalize your Ph before applying moisturizer. This product also is used in my hair as detangler/softener (does every hotel have hard water?) and if you are away during the cold months, it acts as a static remover! You can spray it onto hats, scarves, sweaters, your hair, leggins, nylons, skirts, pants… you name it, and it will remove static!

Matte Moisturizer: I love this one because it is a pump, is compact, and provides a beautiful matte finish to my face. This is great especially for the days when I do not apply any makeup because it helps my skin look flawless. It can be used morning and night to ensure your skin does not dry out and it will not make it oily. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines so who wouldn’t want to keep that up daily?

Insta Smooth: I lovingly call this little miracle tube, “botox in a bottle”. It hides pores and fills in fine lines. It literally looks like you filtered your face on instagram, but no filter is needed. It is AMAZING. When you use it you can apply foundation on top or skip foundation, which is why it is a must-have for vacations. Days when you do not want to put foundation on to “hide” imperfections you can simply put this all over your face! I love it.

Concealer: Listen, I do not sleep through the night thanks to a snoring husband and crying children. I love them, but sometimes I want to go on vacation myself and see if I can actually sleep though the night for once! Given that, I always have some kind of dark circle under my eyes. I always bring my concealer with me to make sure I can hide those circles!

Eye Shadow Palette: This past time I brought my Demure palette. It has neutral colors which makes it a super easy to use for day and night looks. I bring a different palette depending on where and when I am vacationing. Eye shadow palettes are great to bring because you have so many options for different looks!

Liquid Liner: The eyes are most important right now. Your mask is covering much of your face, but your eyes are always showing! I love this liner because it lasts all day without moving or slipping. It is quick drying and gives you a great look even if not wearing eye shadow too!

Fiber Lush Mascara: Who doesn’t want to have fuller longer looking lashes daily?! No one I know. I love this mascara because it has little fibers that attach to your lashes and makes you look like you are beyond blessed with amazing lashes! The fibers stay on ALL day. This one step mascara is a must have for all makeup bags.

Little Black Dress Gel Liner: In case you haven’t noticed, I love eye makeup! I think that outlining your eye makes them pop and because they are popping you dont have to worry about enhancing other parts of your face that maybe get covered up with a mask more often than not. Plus if you are a mom vacationing with kids, you do not have that much time to perfect your look. Dressing up your eyes is fast and gives you an amazing look!

Lumi Stick: This is a great creamy blush. It comes as a roll up stick…um, yes please! No messy powder, no need to bring an extra makeup brush, and it’s easily portable. There are a few colors you can choose from and all give you a little glow that is perfect when on vacation. I also love that its easy to apply, you can control exactly where it goes and it moisturizes your skin!

So there you have it, beauties! Those are the products that come with me everywhere I travel! They make it so I can quickly do my makeup and keep my skin looking fabulous and properly moisturized. Sunscreen comes with me everywhere too, but that doesn’t travel in my makeup bag because everyone needs it and it just goes in the family travel bag. You will notice that I did not include a lipstick and that is because right now with having to wear a mask, I am not taking one…. I may put on some lip balm, but this past trip I did not wear anything on my lips.

All the products I love are gluten free, paraben free, and cruelty free. Click Makeup Must Haves to check out these products!

Hiking in the mountains

Wedding Makeup Styles

There is a difference look for every bride, every season, every style. I know it can be quite overwhelming to determine your makeup look for your wedding day! There are so many photos on pinterest and instagram that it can really make your head spin. I am here to help! I want you to be THIS happy and excited when you see how pretty you look.

During your trial, we will discuss all the details of your wedding day. What colors your flowers are going to be, the style of your dress, whether you are having a day or evening wedding. I want to know the feel of your wedding – beachy, romantic, royal- the possibilities are endless.

I will also find out what your favorite feature on your face is! What is that part that you want to highlight. For me, I love my big smile – which is why I love wearing bright lipstick! I love learning what your favorite feature is and why. Having positive feelings about ourselves makes us even more beautiful!

Once we have discussed the details of your wedding, you can show me some inspiration pictures that you have and then we can see if any of those also fit into the style wedding you are having. Sometimes we like pictures, but then realize they do not fit our vision. Once we an idea of what you want, I will get to work enhancing your beauty.

Once your trial is over and you are super happy and excited about your look, I write it all down, suggest skin care routine for the month leading up to your wedding and order you a lipstick if you want to be able to have it with you for touch ups on your wedding day and then also have for the honeymoon!

I have no minimum requirement for your wedding day. If it is just you needing makeup or if it is you and your wedding party, I am happy to enhance your beauty. Cannot wait to discuss your look for your day!

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